"Ronald F. Guilmette" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> Probably something polite and friendly like:
> Dear End Luser,
In my case, maybe to my list's ISP? - see below...
> Did you know that your local mail system administrator is
> either as lazy as a sloth or else brain dead, or both?
> The local mail server you are using is open for rampant
> abouse by any Tom, Dick, or Spammer on the Internet, and
> this is due entirely to the fact that your local postmaster
> is either too lazy or too stupid to fix it.
> The Management
> Well.... OK, so maybe it won't be phrased quite like that. But you get
> the idea.
> No. 99 times out of 100, an end user at the sending site DOES NOT know
> that his local mail server is an open relay. In fact 90 times out of 100,
> then won't even know what that even means exactly. So we will just tell
> them that their local mail server is f**ked up, and that they should tell
> their local mail server admin about that ASAP.
Our list was down this weekend, no techie help available, phones all
put on voice mail. The reason given later in the week:
"Mail to the list, and everyone else, was delayed because of a spam
attack that drove the load on the mail server up to a level where it
stopped delivering mail in order to apply resources to continuing to
accept mail rather than failing outright.
Note that your mail was delayed by the delayed delivery and also my
taking the input spool offline in order to remove the spam. That
despamming took a few hours because of the volume of mail."
Trying to figure out from what you said if I should send a copy of your
letter to the techie concerned? <evil grin>
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